Relax after a long day with this spiced gin fizz or prepare a large batch of the delicious cranberry-orange cocktail and share with your friends! Add an egg white to get a luscious frothy top and beautifully smooth texture!
originally published 11.01.2019
Gin is my absolute favorite spirit and the foundation for this tempting cocktail! I love to make a big batch of these spiced gin fizz cocktails when I’m feeling festive. Warming spices combined with fresh orange juice and tart cranberry make this the perfect cocktail for a holiday party! But it’s also a wonderful drink to sip on during a quiet evening at home or while you’re decorating for the holidays!
spiced cranberry simple syrup
The other key ingredient is simple syrup. I used to avoid making cocktails that involved simple syrups. For some reason, I thought it would be difficult, which makes absolutely no sense. The word simple is in the name! Making the spiced cranberry simple syrup is super easy and it can be customized to use the spices you have on hand. In my spiced gin fizz, I opted for just a bit of star anise, one cinnamon stick and little piece of fresh ginger!
To make the simple syrup, start by heating a cup (240 ml) of water and a cup (200 g) of sugar over low heat. Stir until the sugar dissolves and then toss in your spices and a cup (100 g) of cranberries — fresh and frozen both work well! Simmer the mixture over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes or until most of the cranberries burst. Then remove from heat and use the back of a spoon to mash the cranberries — we want them to release all of their juices. Now just strain through a fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth and let it cool to room temperature before using!
cranberry gin fizz
This cocktail is made with gin, orange juice, spiced simple syrup, egg white and club soda. The first four ingredients are shaken together and then you can add club soda to taste. I’ve included proportions for my favorite version of this cocktail, but feel free to add more or less simple syrup to adjust the sweetness!
The lovely frothiness of the drink comes from adding one egg white and then shaking for a minute or two. That’s also what gives the cocktail its nice, smooth texture! When properly handled, the risks of consuming egg whites in cocktails are minimal. That being said, we still like to use pasteurized eggs. The pasteurization process kills bacteria, but also results in a less flavorful egg. For us the benefits outweigh the costs, but you can decide for yourself! And if you can’t find pasteurized eggs, we’ve found that boxed liquid egg whites work well (although we do need to shake them a bit longer).
For more cocktail inspiration, check out these recipes!
- harvest moon | spiced apple cider rum cocktail
- honey absinthe mojito
- vin d’orange | winter citrus fortified wine
- fruit infused vodka: three flavors
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